Anxiety management in children: Practical strategies
Thursday, February 25, 2021 & Friday, February 26, 2021 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
This two-day interactive workshop equips occupational therapists with the tools to increase their understanding, competence, and confidence in working with school-aged children (4-12) and their parents in the treatment of anxiety.
Day 1 of this two-day workshop provides an introduction to anxiety as a basic human emotion, and reviews how anxiety presents throughout typical childhood development. Participants learn how to differentiate between typical anxiety and an anxiety disorder, and will understand how and why anxiety disorders develop in children. Key features of common anxiety disorders in children are reviewed (e.g. separation anxiety, selective mutism, specific phobia, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder). Participants are introduced to formal and informal methods of assessing anxiety in children, including how to evaluate the impact of anxiety on the child’s occupational performance and/or engagement, and how to make a plan for intervention (e.g. deciding on group treatment versus individual treatment; parent-focused intervention versus child-focused intervention).
Day 2 focuses on practical intervention strategies that can be implemented with both children and parents. The current state of the evidence for involving parents in anxiety interventions is reviewed, along with the importance of, and barriers to, parental involvement. A brief introduction to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as a framework for intervention is provided. A series of demonstrations, interactive exercises, and case studies introduces participants to practical parent-focused and child-focused strategies for coping with intense emotions, challenging anxious thoughts, managing physical anxiety symptoms, managing anxious behaviours, and working through anxiety-provoking situations. Tips are provided for adapting these strategies for a range of ages.
Participants receive a package of resource materials including presentation notes, handouts for parents and children with more than 20 different tools, and direct links to visual, auditory, and video resources to support and facilitate the use of these tools with families.
Preliminary Workshop Agenda: Day 1
Introduction to anxiety Anxiety as a part of typical childhood development When anxiety is considered a disorder
How anxiety disorders develop Key features of common anxiety disorders in children
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)
Assessing anxiety in children Formal assessments for measuring anxiety symptoms Clinical interviews with children and parents
Evaluating the impact of anxiety on occupational performance/engagement Deciding on an intervention plan (group vs. individual, parent-focused vs. child focused)
Current state of the evidence on involving parents in anxiety interventions The importance of barriers to involving parents in anxiety interventions Brief introduction to cognitive behavioural therapy as a framework for intervention
Overview and demonstrations of parenting strategies/interventions for anxiety Case studies
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)
Evidence-based practice for managing anxiety in children Overview and demonstration of practical child-focused intervention strategies
Case studies Challenging in working with anxious children Summary and conclusions
By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
Define anxiety and understand impact on everyday functioning.
Recognize and understand the difference between anxiety that is part of typical development and anxiety that is due to a disorder.
Identify key features of common anxiety disorders diagnosed in children.
Identify methods of assessing anxiety in children and evaluate the impact of their anxiety on their daily functioning and occupational performance.
Understand and apply practical intervention strategies that can be used to help children manage their anxiety in order to increase their occupational engagement.
Understand and apply practical parenting strategies that can be used to help parents coach their children through anxiety-provoking situations and facilitate an improvement in occupational performance.
Occupational therapist clinicians, students in occupational therapy programs, teachers, social workers, psychotherapists, counselors, caregivers and other professions who wish to gain knowledge and competence in using effective, evidence-based interventions in working with children with anxiety and their parents. Previous experience with anxiety disorders is not required.
Please note: Each participant is responsible to ensure they apply the information within the context of their licensure, provincial/territorial legislations, institution regulations, scope of practice, etc.
Beginner (0-2 years of experience in this specific practice area)
Danielle Bayly, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Danielle Bayly graduated with her Master's in Occupational Therapy from Queen's University in 2008. Since then, she has been providing mental health services to children, adolescents, and families through the Child and Youth Mental Health Program at Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Hotel Dieu Hospital Site, in Kingston, Ontario. She has extensive experience working with children with complex and co-morbid mental health diagnoses, including mood and anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, selective mutism, specific phobia, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression) and neurodevelopmental disorders (autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), specific learning disorder, intellectual disabilities, oppositional defiant disorder). She has designed, researched and presented a wide variety of workshops, training models, in-service presentations, and professional development activities across healthcare and educational disciplines. Topics have included anxiety management in children and families, parent training for managing childhood anxiety disorders, evidence-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder, sensory concerns, managing challenging behaviours, understanding and accommodating students with ADHD and learning disabilities, and interdisciplinary collaboration in the treatment of autism spectrum disorder.
Early bird rates: Registration and payment completed by December 2, 2020
CAOT Member and Associates
Plus applicable taxes
Regular rates: Registration and payment completed between December 3, 2020 and February 10, 2021
CAOT Member and Associates
Registration deadline: February 10, 2021
Please note that for the 2020-2021 workshops, CAOT has reduced the registration fee for all registrants instead of offering a group rate. When available, CAOT offers late registration for workshops at the regular rate plus a $50 administration fee. We will only be able to accommodate if there is sufficient space.
One-day workshop, electronic copy of presentation slide handouts, opportunity to network and make connections with other occupational therapists interested in this topic, electronic certificate of attendance.
Maximum number of registrants:
All cancellation/refund requests must be sent in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. All cancellation requests received prior to February 10, 2021 will be given a full refund minus a $50.00 administrative fee. All cancellation/refund requests after February 10, 2021 will be given a 50% refund. Substitutions are permitted, subject to a $50.00 administrative fee.
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